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Taking advice: Accepting help, improving judgment, and sharing responsibility

Harvey, N; Fischer, I; (1997) Taking advice: Accepting help, improving judgment, and sharing responsibility. ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN DECISION PROCESSES , 70 (2) 117 - 133.

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Abstract

Why do people take advice? To find out, we provided a low, medium, or high level of training on a task in which judgments varied in importance, Then, in a test session, we eliminated feedback but made advice available. Different features of our results suggest that there are three distinct reasons for taking advice, First, even experienced judges took some advice from novices: people appear reluctant to reject completely the help offered to them. Second, all judges took more advice from advisors more experienced than themselves, and the amount that they took was related to the difference in level of experience: people appeared to be trying to use advice to improve their judgments. Third, experience enabled people to distinguish judgments on the basis of their importance. Experienced judges took about twice as much advice for the most important judgments: they appeared to be sharing responsibility when the risk associated with error was high. Thus, we model advice-taking in terms of three components: accepting help, improving judgment, and sharing responsibility. (C) 1997 Academic Press.

Type: Article
Title: Taking advice: Accepting help, improving judgment, and sharing responsibility
Location: ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Keywords: EXTRAPOLATIVE FORECASTING METHODS, ATTITUDE-RELEVANT INFORMATION, VERBALIZABLE KNOWLEDGE, SOURCE CREDIBILITY, TASK-PERFORMANCE, ERROR MEASURES, PERSUASION, DETERMINANT, EXPERTISE, FEEDBACK
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/142575
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